Mini Pumpkin Cheesecakes

Mini Pumpkin CheesecakeThanksgiving is just around the corner, where did time go! These mini pumpkin cheesecakes would be perfect for a fall or winter party and can be easily consumed in two bites.The whipped cream frosting has the perfect hint of maple syrup. I am not going to lie, I ate the extra whipped cream straight out of the bowl.
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pumpkin cheesecake recipe

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Creamy Asparagus Bacon Pasta

Asparagus PastaI made this pasta last week, it was perfect for a late summer meal.

1. Cook the bacon, then chop into small pieces.
2. Blanch the asparagus to soften it a little.
3. Cook bow-tie pasta.
4. While pasta is cooking, make the cheese sauce.
5. Sprinkle bacon and asparagus on top of plate of pasta, drizzle with cheese sauce.

Bacon and asparagus Pasta

Bacon + Cheese + Asparagus + Pasta = Perfection

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Mini Crème Brûlée

Creme BruleeI’m a sucker for Crème Brûlée, if it’s on a menu I will order it. These bite sized crème brûlées are great because they can be made in advance of a party and all you have to do is broil them for a few minutes prior to eating. Creme Cupcake Creme Brulee Creme Brulee Mini Creme Brulee

One of these mini Crème Brûlées was the perfect amount to satisfy my craving. The caramelized top was great even without the use of a torch, just be sure to watch it broil because it can quickly go from perfectly melted to burnt. Get the directions here.

creme-brulee recipe

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Chocolate Graham Cracker Cupcakes

Chocolate Graham CrackerThese cupcakes were so perfectly rich and the graham cracker topping added a nice crunch. I topped these with a little extra chocolate sauce but I think I will try a marshmallow frosting to make them even more s’more like.Chocolate Batter Graham Cracker CupcakesFor the graham cracker topping, I took the cupcakes out at about halfway (after they had been in the oven for 7 minutes). I combined 1 cup of crushed graham cracker with 4 tbsp. butter and 2 tbsp. sugar. I sprinkled this on top of the batter and put the cupcakes back in the oven for 8 minutes.Chocolate Cupcakes
Chocolate Cupcake RecipeFor the final step, I drizzled some melted chocolate combined with a little butter (3 oz. chocolate + 3 tbsp. butter) on top of the graham cracker sprinkles. Get the printable recipe card.

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Apricot Oatmeal Energy Bars

Apricot Oatmeal BarsThese apricot oatmeal bars ended up being a great snack to have around and they were gone within two days. Since they were pretty simple to make, I’ll have to make some more.Oatmeal and Cinnamon Apricots Apricot and Oatmeal Recipe Apricots and Oatmeal Apricot Oatmeal Energy BarsThey ended up being the perfect combo of crunchy and soft, I highly recommend whipping up a batch or two for snacks during the week. Check out the recipe below and get the printable recipe card here.

Apricot-Energy-Bars-DirectionsEnjoy the week!
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Baked French Toast

Baked French ToastThis recipe is ideal for brunch, since you bake the French toast, it allows the meal to be prepared and ready at one time for all your guests. Plus, it remains extra moist because it cooks slowly. Add some syrup and fruit and it’s perfect for a spring breakfast.Prep French Toast Toast Brunch - French Toast French ToastI love using challah or brioche for French toast, it adds a bit of extra fluffiness! See below for the recipe and click here for the recipe card.

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Decadent Chocolate Mousse

chocolate mousseWhile this dessert might appear to be complicated, you literally only need four ingredients, all of which you probably already have in your kitchen. It is the perfect last minute dessert for unexpected guests or just to satisfy your chocolate craving. Special thanks to my aunt for sharing this recipe with me.egg whitesegg whites chocolateChocolate-Mousse-DirectionsGet the printable recipe card here.

If you are looking for other decadent chocolate desserts, check out this super rich chocolate cake or these raspberry cupcakes.

Happy baking,

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Spicy Refrigerator Pickles

Spicy PicklesI’ve always wanted to try canning pickles but the canning process has always made me a little nervous, so I decided to first try the fridge style. These were so incredible easy, I couldn’t believe it. They made great gifts over the holidays and it was simple to double and triple the recipe.picklespickle spices fridge pickles mason jar picklesjar picklesSpicy fridge picklesGet the printable directions here

The garlic and pepper added just the right amount of kick to these pickles, enjoy!

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Spicy Rosemary Nuts

Spicy NutsThese nuts ended up being super easy to make and were great to have around as a snack. They had great flavor: sweet, salty, and spicy. You could also switch up the nuts for the combination you would most enjoy. See below to print out the recipe card.
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Enjoy the tasty treat,

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